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Church to mark its 200th year

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will be having a celebration of its 200-year history on Saturday, Oct. 6.

The events, open to the public, run from 12-4, with a chili cook-off in the parish hall, located near the Huntington Green. Local firehouses will be among the competitors offering a sampling of chili dishes for $5.

Following the cook-off, history lovers can tour the old church, which was built in 1812, after the original building burned to the ground. Tour guides will talk about the history of this church, the slave gallery in the balcony and about Federal-style features.

In another highlight of the celebration, costumed guides will lead visitors through the adjacent cemetery which has been documented by the DAR. Hear about the lives of the Colonial residents, and Revolutionary and Civil War veterans buried in this oldest of graveyards.

Tour leaders will talk about how the town of Huntington began and how the founding families of Huntington, buried here, changed farmland into Huntington Center.

The celebration continues across the street at the chapel with displays of artifacts, indoor activities for elementary school children and a tour of the Christian Counseling Center first established by St. Paul’s parish in 1981.

In cooperation with the Shelton Historical Society, Saturday’s schedule has been planned so visitors might have time to attend the Civil War Reenactment by Company F, 14th Conn. Volunteer Infantry on the grounds of the Historical Society, which is just up the street on Ripton Road.

For more information call Nancy Wilson at 203-929-1722.

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